Sprinklers irrigate a North Hollywood park in June, during California's severe drought. Photo by David Crane, The Orange County Register via AP

As California’s Drought Deepens, Water Use Drops Only 1.8%

Sep 21, 2021 at 4:15pm

Rachel Becker

Californians reduced their water use at home by a meager 1.8% statewide in July compared to last year, even after Gov. Gavin Newsom urged residents to conserve 15% and drought continues to spread across the state. 

Officials today warned water providers south of the Delta who rely on state water allocations — already slashed to 5% this year — to brace for the possibility of zero supply next year.

The Department of Water Resources also cautioned that next year’s cuts in supply could expand to growers and others known as settlement contractors, whose claims to the water predate California’s massive systems of reservoirs, aqueducts and canals.

“Californians always have hope, and that’s healthy. But we need to be prudent,” Karla Nemeth, director of the state Department of Water Resources, said in an interview. “We’re doing more conservative planning than we’ve ever done.”

Continue reading the article from Cal Matters here